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Film Stage and Television Director

No Formal Qualifications Aptitude Tests VOC Course Interview Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Interview

Also known as Movie Director, Theatrical Director and TV Director.

Film Stage and Television Directors direct the overall production, or specific aspects of the production, of films, television programmes or stage shows.

They have the final responsibility for making sure that everything is ready to be filmed or performed.

TASKS

    Film Stage and Television Directors may perform the following tasks:

  • study scripts to determine artistic interpretation
  • plan and arrange for set designs, costumes, sound effects and lighting
  • select actors for roles in the production by viewing performances and conducting screen tests and auditions
  • plan, direct and coordinate filming or taping, instructing camera operators on the position and the angle of their shots and coordinating changes in lighting and sound
  • edit film or videotape and add soundtrack and other effects
  • coordinate the activities of the studio/stage crew, performers and technicians during rehearsals and productions

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • artistic flair
  • good communication skills
  • able to remain calm under pressure
  • able to exercise authority

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Influencing/Personal Contact Literary

EDUCATION & TRAINING


No Formal Qualifications Aptitude Tests VOC Course Interview Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Interview

You can work as a Film Stage and Television Director without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation usually requires extensive experience in the film, television or theatre industries. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in media or screen and media. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

You can also become a Film Stage and Television Director through a traineeship in Media or Screen and Media.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Alternatively, you can become a Film Stage and Television Director by completing a degree in screen and media, film and television, theatre or creative arts. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12 with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.


Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Screen and Media Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Film companies, television stations, video production houses and theatre companies employ Film Stage and Television Directors.

Competition for jobs is very high and interstate and/or overseas experience is often needed to enhance employment prospects. Completion of a course will not guarantee entry to this occupation. Employment and advancement depend on considerable experience and talent.

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